A group of solicitors has warned of the potential risks of drawing up your own will without seeking professional assistance, following an increase in the number of people doing so in order to save money.
There has been a sharp rise in the number of DIY wills being written by people hoping to make a saving on legal fees, according to independent legal organisation Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE).
But this trend has also coincided with an increase in the number of clients coming back to the organisation for advice after finding the paperwork to be too difficult or realising they have made a mistake, the group said.
While clients are understandably tightening their belts at the moment, Terry Moran, a local member of the SFE body and a partner at local law firm Paul Crowley & Co Solicitors, said that a greater saving can be made in the long-term by getting appropriate advice from a firm with specialist will writing expertise.
He said: "People aren't always aware of the complexities and assume wills and probate work are really straightforward. It can be, but this isn't always the case."